A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "God and the underdog," what do the Ku Klux Klan members discover when they get to heaven?

2. What writer does Bessie quote in "Social and political pressures . . ."?

3. In "Notes on novels," Bessie states that wealth and privilege are dependent on what?

4. Bessie views the author, Pasternak, as the liberator of what?

5. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie feel that the African people need, for their civilization?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the conclusion of Chapter 2, how does Bessie summarize her life experiences?

2. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

3. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

4. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

5. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

6. Why according to Bessie has Botswana survived by "sheer luck and unexpected good fortune"?

7. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

8. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

9. In "Notes on Novels," why is Bessie having difficulty writing about her years in South Africa?

10. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Khama the Great had a great impact on the history of Botswana. What was his most important accomplishment? Why was he so different? What did he possess that made even the British, stand in awe of him? In a nation of downtrodden people how did he manage to have such strength? How did he retain this and not fall into the doom and despair mind-set of his countrymen? Why did the British give him rights that no black man had ever gotten? Were they not used to seeing integrity and strength in a black man? Do you think that they were afraid of him? What would have been the result for Botswana had he not existed?

Essay Topic 2

When Bessie spent four months in Iowa researching a book, she was surprised to discover that America was not as she had imagined. How did she compare America to the villages of early Europe? Was it easy for her to adapt to life there? Was she able to develop her "all-important" routine there? What did it consist of? What were her thoughts on the university library? What was she surprised and excited to find there? Do you think that Bessie had pre-conceived notions about America? Do you think that her stay in Iowa gave her a broader, more accurate picture of America? How do you think she would have described it and the people after her trip?

Essay Topic 3

Bessie thinks that friendship is very important in South Africa. What kind of country is South Africa, according to her? What do you find yourself doing if you have friends? What are you left alone to face if your friends flee the country? What do friends allow you to do that Bessie feels is essential to not becoming passive? Describe the good friend that Bessie had in South Africa and what effect his fleeing the country had on her.

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